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Grand Traverse Distillery

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Address: 781 Industrial Cir, Suite 5, Traverse City, MI 49686-8942
Phone Number: +1 231-947-8635
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11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Grand Traverse Distillery is Michigan's oldest craft distillery and we are...

Grand Traverse Distillery is Michigan's oldest craft distillery and we are family owned. We use 100% locally grown corn, wheat and rye to distill our award winning spirits which include the True North Vodkas [Rye, Wheat, Cherry, Chocolate & soon Chipotle], Gin, Rum and our Whiskies [Ole George 100% Rye, Bourbon, as well as many small batch specialty ones]. We offer 100 Proof Michigan White Dog Whiskey that is sold with mini barrels so a customer can come in make a purchase and age the whiskey at home in their own barrel. We have 5 Tasting Rooms located throughout the state in Traverse City, Frankenmuth, Leland and Grand Rapids so you can stop by and have the Grand Traverse Distillery experience and enjoy tastings and cocktails. We also have joint Tasting Rooms with Black Star Farms Winery where you will find both of our products and be able to taste and have a cocktail. Our Main Distillery Tasting Room is open Monday through Saturday 11-a.m. to 5:30-p.m and is closed Sundays. We offer tours 6 days a week at 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm from May 1 through August 31. October 1 through April 30 tours are offered only on Fridays and Saturdays. Cheers, Kent Rabish!

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Excellent bourbon and rye

The drive is worth it. The bartender/server? was as patient with my many questions as he was knowledgeable about the products. The place looks brand new and clean. We missed the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The drive is worth it. The bartender/server? was as patient with my many questions as he was knowledgeable about the products. The place looks brand new and clean. We missed the tour🙁 but I tried 5 different bottles. One tasted like scotch, not my drink at all. The other four were ryes and bourbons. All were good. My favorite was... More 

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Thank nswamp
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for finding us and I'm glad the drive was worth it for you! Our peated malted barley and rye I'll bet was the one that did not hit your flavor profile. It is a lot of flavor and is very different from bourbons or rye whiskey. Happy you found a whiskey that hits your pallet and you enjoyed.... More 

Liberty, tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fans of spirits and distillation won't be disappointed! The informative staff, often led by the owners themselves, thoroughly explain the process of turning mash into spirits. Upon completion of the tour, samples of the limited run of cherry vodka, can't be missed. Beautifully crafted and exceptionally designed, the stills are a sight to behold!

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Thank Freefire77
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for coming into the distillery for a tour and tasting. Happy to see you enjoyed your visit and the cherry vodka! It is great with a tart lemonade in the summer. Come back again, always something new to taste. Cheers Kent More 

Ames
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

GT Distillery is a great place to meet friends. Try the varieties of whiskey. Or if you want a refreshing cocktail, try a Strawberry Shrub with vodka. GT Distillery hosts an art exhibit that changes each month.

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Thank Beth B
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hi Beth Glad to hear you enjoyed the shrub, we started offering them in the last 12 months and customers are loving them. Come back again soon! Kent More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Willing to answer any questions we had. Production wasn't running, but his level of explanation was clear so we didn't need to have it running to understand what was going on. Great spirits, went home with their whiskey!

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Thank Marcus A
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Marcus Thanks for coming into the distillery for our tour. We enjoy walking customers through the process of distilling our spirits. Come back again! Cheers Kent More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

A distillery owned and managed by people with a passion for real spirits. All the booze is distilled and bottled on the premises and use ingredients from Michigan, earning the Pure Michigan label. (with the exception of the Caribbean molasses in the rum) The tour of the distillery is informative. They also make awesome cocktails.

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Thank KornyP
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking time to review GTD. Our goal is to use locally grown grains to distill our spirits and we are able to do so. We love giving tours and showing people how spirits and made and what we do. Glad you enjoyed your visit!! Cheers Kent More 

Petoskey, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

I went there to taste 1 item and ended up tasting 4 . It was a very informative and enjoyable stop. I did purchase a bottle and it has made the journey up north.

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Thank Scottdriver
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Scott Thanks for taking the time to stop in and see the distillery. I enjoy hearing when customers come in to taste a single product but try some of our other spirits. Cheers and enjoy our bottle! Kent More 

Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

great taste. loved the stop, If you like what you taste you can buy some and take it with you. They do have some special items on the list. I would suggest you try them all

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torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Joe Thanks for your review, loved the "Yum"! We have new spirits and rotate some of our favorite products over the year so come back in sometime. Cheers Kent More 

Holland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in their store in frankenmuth. Sample comes in a thimble. So not much but from that we could get the great flavor. Bought the cherry whiskey the double barrel and a chocolate vodka. Significantly over price but will be nice to add to our collection.

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Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for visiting our tasting room in Frankenmuth. As a spirits tasting room we are limited by state law to a total of 1 oz of spirits. Wish it were a little higher but that is what we are working with at this time. I hope you enjoy your purchases. We are a grain to bottle distillery so cost... More 

Grand Blanc, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

We walked in just to look around. We saw the Bloody Mary mix and asked if they had tastes of the bloody Mary's. They did not...but we could order a Bloody Mary. So we did. I had one with the rye vodka and my husband tried the chipotle vodka. Both were amazing. His was pretty spicy but good. The staff... More 

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Thank Tracie C
Kent R, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello Tracie Thanks for taking time to write in and your comments about our staff. We love the Bloody Mary with our rye vodka and now have a chipotle infused to add some heat into the cocktail. Our staff are locals to the TC area and can help with many questions Come back again Cheers Kent More 

Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Kyle did such a great job on our tour. Very educational. The Cherry Vodka was a big hit with our group, but so was the whiskey, scotch, and Gin!!

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Thank Zoulek
torchlake99, Owner at Grand Traverse Distillery, responded to this review

Hello and Thanks for taking time from your day and writing a review on your visit to the distillery. Kyle does a great job giving tours and answering questions about what we do here. Glad you enjoyed the vodkas, whiskey and gin. Drink up and we will make more! Cheers and Happy New Year. Kent More 

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